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It takes a village: Engage your entire community to improve health

by Megan Clark

Our conversations on population health management often focus on redesigning the care delivery model. Still, even the perfect population health system can fall short of its long-term goals if it's not engaging the whole community.

A wide range of factors influence population health, including access to the care delivery system, availability of key community resources, and a wide range of non-clinical factors.

Many organizations are developing partnerships with other stakeholders invested in community health to engage patients and transform health outcomes. At a time when resources are few and far between, health systems can achieve scale by working with others committed to these same goals.

Key principles of successful partnerships

This type of partnership requires the same rigor as other affiliations or collaborations. It’s not enough to agree to the same overarching goals—partnership success depends on outlining concrete metrics and a detailed plan identifying the staffing, time, and resource commitments. Of course there are a wide-range of potential partners. Here's a sampling of those we encountered across our research.

To learn more, check out our research briefing, Three Key Elements for Successful Population Health Management, which shares competencies health systems need to develop—information-powered clinical decision-making and a primary care-led clinical workforce—and outlines how to engage patients and your community.

Our study, Competing on Patient Engagement, also highlights tactics for strengthening links between clinical operations and broader health and wellness activities.

A national challenge to improve health in your community

The BUILD Health Challenge is a national award program designed to foster and expand meaningful partnerships among health systems, community-based organizations, local health departments, and other organizations.

Learn how you can apply



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